When juggling a full-time job and evening classes four to five nights a week in George Mason University’s juris doctor (JD) program became difficult, graduate student Alicia Meads withdrew from the program. When she heard last year that the Antonin Scalia Law School was offering a new part-time juris master’s (JM) program, designed for working professionals, she re-enrolled.
“I wanted to understand the nuances of the law so that I could be a better lobbyist and policy professional,” said Meads, who works as a legislative affairs manager for one the nation’s largest fertilizer companies and regularly meets with members of Congress on Capitol Hill to represent her company.
Meads was able to transfer some of the credits from her JD program, and will be the first graduate from the JM program this fall. What she’s learning has been immediately applicable to her career, she said.
“I’ve been able to develop an expertise in environmental, social and governance — or ESG — reporting,” said Meads, who also helps the company coordinate its sustainability reporting and disclosure. “[The JM program] is perfect for anyone who’s working in public affairs, politics or policy and still wants a law school experience.”
Other JM students agree.
Ginger Burk, who’s been a journalist for more than a decade, said she joined the program to expand her understanding of the law and become an even stronger political correspondent.
“[Understanding the law] is inherent to all political and government reporting,” Burk said.
As a result of her studies, Burk is better able to understand court documents she reads for her job and how the lawyers she interacts with everyday have been taught to think, she said.
“A juris master’s degree will bring increased credibility to one’s skillset,” said Adriane McCray Webb, a mindfulness practitioner who said she facilitates workshops to guide clients to personal transformation, creative innovation and self-actualization. The Florida native believes the program will help her better understand intellectual property laws to help her clients copyright and protect their creative works.
Jessica Sartorius, director of the JM program, said the JM degree is in high demand and offered by almost half of all tier-one law schools. With Mason being close to Washington, D.C., the program could help many more professionals in the future, she said.
In addition to professors who keep class intellectually stimulating, there are other benefits to being part of a law school, the students said.
“You’re building professional and social connections with the people that you’re in class with and that you’re learning from,” Burk said. “It is truly a well-designed program.”
It’s harvest season in Loudoun, and there’s no better reason to enjoy the season than by visiting Loudoun’s Fall Farm Tour, October 19-20.
This totally FREE, self-guided tour through western Loudoun County, Virginia is full of flavorful goodness from our Loudoun Made, Loudoun Grown products.
Here’s what to look for at your favorite Loudoun farmers market or farm tour stops as you prepare for Saturday evening’s meal:
Charcuterie Spreads: meals of high-quality meat and cheese date back to ancient times.
- Georges Mill Farm Artisan Cheese, found at the Georges Mill Farm Store (stop 2)
- Long Stone Farm, found at the Long Stone Farm Store any time (stop 3)
Produce Medleys: cucumbers, green beans, squash, sweet corn, apples and grapes are all ripening in Loudoun.
- Virts Family Farm, found at the farm stand (stop 6)
- Lydia’s Fields at Wheatland, found at Loudoun Station on Saturdays
Straight off the Grill: pick up responsibly raised meat and hit the grill.
- Breezy Meadow Farms, found online and at the Leesburg Farmers Market on Saturdays
- Davlin Farms, found online (stop 15)
Adult Beverages: Loudoun is home to dozens of craft beverage makers, but these can be found at the local farmers markets. All will be open during Fall Farm Tour weekend.
- October One Vineyard, found at the Leesburg and Cascades farmers markets on Saturdays
- Wild Hare Hard Cider, found at the One Loudoun Farmers Market on Saturdays
Delectable Desserts: Loudoun’s close proximity to fruit farms and consumers makes it the perfect place to find top-notch desserts from local artisan bakers.
- The Baekehaus, found at the Leesburg Farmers Market on Saturdays
- Little Austria, found at the One Loudoun Farmers Market on Saturdays
For event details, itineraries, directions and more, visit loudounfarms.org/farmtour.
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Join the Friends of the Arlington Public Library on Friday, October 18 at 7 p.m. at Central Library for a special after-hours trivia experience.
Match wits against your friends and neighbors in this celebration of women’s achievements — in sports, entertainment, politics and government — as we celebrate 100 years since the passage of the 19th Amendment!
All proceeds from this event benefit the Friends of the Arlington Public Library in their mission to support Arlington Public Library and strengthen literacy in the community.
Friday, October 18, 7-10 p.m.
Central Library, 2nd floor
1015 N. Quincy St. Arlington
Buy tickets here.
Tickets are $30 for an individual, $160 for a table of six and sponsored tables are available for $350.
Sponsors will receive premium seating, recognition during the event and one free drink per person. Hors d’oeuvres and cash bar. Guests must be 21 or older. Doors will open at 6 p.m.
Address: 2320 N. Vernon Street
Neighborhood: Lee Heights
Open: Sunday, October 6 from 1-4 p.m.
Set admist the venerable tree canopy of Lee Heights, this new Springstreet home offers four versatile levels of space for everyone and everything.
The gorgeous kitchen features linen white cabinets, quartz tops, consumer friend KitchenAid appliances and a walk in pantry. It flows into the family room, centered by a fireplace and the open dining area. Gorgeous views of the private backyard highlight these spaces.
The top floor is given over to a fifth bedroom, bathroom and bonus room with dormered ceiling and “treehouse” views of the neighborhood. Enter through the oversized two car garage to a mudroom and bright lower level rec room with bedroom, bath and separate laundry area. Ideal for an in-law, au pair or teenager.
Desirable details include wood floors on two levels, Coretec flooring in the lower level, extensive wainscoting and moldings to enhance the pleasing lines of the home, coffered ceiling in the family room and butler’s pantry off the convo room.
Walk to Lee Heights for shops, restaurants and parks. The home is within the Donaldson Run Recreation Association and is served by Taylor Elementary School, Dorothy Hamm Middle School (both walkable from the home) and Yorktown High School.
A new home with quality, style and space — all in an enviable location.
Address: 1300 4th Street SE
Neighborhood: The Yards (Navy Yard)
Listed: $769,900 for Unit 512
Open: Sunday, October 6 from 1-4 p.m.
Own a piece of D.C.’s most exciting neighborhood at The Bower.
With only 11 units remaining now is your chance to call The Yards home. Tour The Bower this Sunday and explore unit 512 with floor-to-ceiling windows, wide-plank hardwood floors and Mecho shades.
Write a contract on this two-bedroom two bath unit by October 11 and receive a $10,000 closing cost credit.
*Living and bedroom photos are virtually staged.
Anytime you’re online, you’re at risk for a cybercrime.
Whether checking email on a home computer or updating social media on a mobile phone, we are all targets for the growing number of sophisticated tactics designed to trick us and gain access to our personal information.
October is National Cyber Security Awareness month and a great time to learn how to better protect ourselves online. If you’re busy (like most Arlingtonians) you don’t have time to research every way to safeguard yourself online. Knowing this, I want to share one impactful step you can take this month to make a difference: 2-Factor Authentication (2FA).
You probably already use 2FA when banking online. If you’re not familiar with 2FA, I find it helpful to think of it like the lock on your front door. Standard usernames and passwords are like a lock and key. If a hacker has access to both, they can login to your accounts. Using 2FA is like adding a PIN pad to your front door.
In addition to the lock and the key, a hacker would also need your PIN code to open the door. That extra layer of security makes it just a bit harder to access your information — and most criminals will move on to easier targets.
What many people don’t realize is that 2FA can be used on all kinds of websites. Beyond banking, many email providers, shopping sites and delivery services support 2FA. If you do one thing this month to enhance your cyber safety, visit a resource like www.twofactorauth.org, find the most common sites you use, and take a few minutes to enroll yourself.
Richard Archambault is the Division Chief for Information Security, Privacy and Regulatory Affairs for Arlington County Government’s Department of Technology Services.
Arlington is consistently ranked one the nation’s Top Digital Counties. You can learn more about their efforts here.
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: remodeling sucks!
With the holidays right around the corner, there is no better time to start that long-awaited bathroom or kitchen upgrade before holiday stress sets in.
In fact, 75% of remodelmate customers in the Washington D.C. area believe it is important for them to renovate their homes before the holidays, with 75% of them likely to do so.
That’s why we’re bringing back a ARLnow favorite: $500 off our exclusive Concierge service, just before the holidays.
Use code HOLIDAYARL when you build a project (for free!) using our online builder on www.remodelmate.com.
Remodelmate is simply the better way to renovate your home:
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Since launching in 2019, the Juris Master Degree Program (JM) at George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School has assisted students in building professional and social connections.
The JM Degree is designed for professionals who interact with lawyers and legal issues regularly in the course of their careers. This type of program is in high demand and now offered by over half of all tier one law schools.
“We are proud to offer the Juris Master Degree Program at Scalia Law School,” said Dean Henry N. Butler. “This is an opportunity for professionals to learn the law, so they will be better equipped to provide leadership in their respective fields.”
Scalia Law’s two-year part-time program is offered at the Arlington campus, and enrollment for the January 2020 class is currently OPEN.
As listed on the JM Degree website, https://jurismaster.gmu.edu/, in addition to general legal research, writing and introductory law courses, JM students can select law school courses from six concentration areas:
- Criminal Justice
- Employment & Labor Relations
- Financial & Commercial Services
- Government Contracts & Regulations
- Intellectual Property & Technology
- National Security, Cybersecurity & Information Privacy
JM students can maintain employment schedules, while benefiting from the opportunities afforded by a tier-one law school.
There is a growing base of legal services and legal knowledge required by employers and the JM Degree is designed to educate students with the legal knowledge necessary for them to succeed in their chosen professions.
Applications are being accepted now. For more information about the JM degree program, please visit our website or contact Jessica L. Sartorius, Director of Juris Master (JM) Degree Program, at [email protected] or 703-993-8418.
Address: 5612 5th Street N.
Hardhat Open House: September 28-29 from 1-4 p.m.
Wear your comfy shoes to enter the inside of this light filled new home by A&N Builders.
Sited on a private lot backing to trees, the home is filled with quality and style. The kitchen features Bertazzoni professional gas range, refrigerator and dishwasher, Shrock kitchen cabinets, Quartz countertops, Kohler farm sink in the kitchen; Pella windows; two zone gas heating and electric central air conditioning; efficient gas water heater; extensive insulation and energy efficient sealing around windows and exterior doors; HardiPlank siding; 25 year roof shingles; slate front porch; comfortable Coretec flooring in the daylight, walkout lower level.
Desirable details include one car garage opening to mud room; walk-in kitchen pantry; gracious foyer four bedrooms and three baths upstairs; double walk-in closets in the master bedroom; upstairs laundry room with utility sink; utility room on the second level (no crawling into attic to service the unit!) and linen storage.
The fifth bedroom and bathroom are on the lower level along with a big rec room, and terrific storage. Walkout to the private rear yard, backing to parkland.
Terrific location near the bike path for a short ride, scooter or walk to Ballston; stroll to BonAir Rose Garden and tennis gardens, and restaurants along Wilson Boulevard.
Ashlawn, Kenmore, and Washington-Liberty School pyramid.
Painter Roofing & Construction is a family-owned and operated business serving the Northern Virginia and Washington, D.C. area.
Since opening in 2012, Painter Roofing and Construction, LLC (PRC) has been voted Best of Arlington the last 4 years and continues to provide residential and commercial roofing services. Their services include residential windows, doors, gutter and siding installation and repairs. PRC is a certified installer of GAF, Certainteed, GACO Coating, Duro-last PVC, Firestone and MuleHide roofing products.
Frank Painter, owner of Painter Roofing & Construction has spent over 33 years in the residential and commercial roofing industries. After attending college in Texas, Frank started working for a Northern Virginia-based family roofing company. He has worked in all aspects of the industry holding positions as a laborer, roofing foreman, superintendent, sales, operations and service manager.
Frank is currently a Registered Roof Observer from the International Institute of Building Consultants (formerly known as RCI-Roof Consultant Institute).
Frank Painter is dedicated to many charitable and business organizations. He has held board positions with the Knights of Columbus, RCI Mid Atlantic (Roof Consultants Institute), Arlington Youth Football, Texas Roofing Contractors Association and the Georgetown Texas Jaycees, as well as being a contributor to the DC Dancing with the Stars event.
Painter Roofing and Construction holds a Class A Business License in Virginia, is licensed in D.C. and Maryland. Painter Roofing and Construction are proud members of VARP (Virginia Association of Roofing Professionals) and NRCA (National Roofing Contractors Association).
Painter Roofing and Construction is proud to be Arlington’s locally family owned and operated roofing and exterior professional!
For a free estimate or to schedule an appointment, contact Painter Roofing & Construction at www.painterroofing.com or call 703-270-0431.
Capital Women’s Care Division 67 is excited to welcome its newest OBGYN, Dr. Sali Jordan.
Dr. Sali Jordan has been involved in women’s health for as long as she can remember. Growing up with three sisters allowed her to develop her ability to counsel and educate women. Spending time at work with her mother who worked on International Women’s Health at the United Nations helped fuel that drive.
Dr. Jordan graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences and a Masters degree in Health Care Policy and Public Management. She went on to receive her medical degree from Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine and completed her residency at Inova Fairfax Hospital in Falls Church.
While there Dr. Jordan received multiple awards in outstanding research and resident education with multiple publications in the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Green Journal. Her interests include high-risk obstetrics and minimally invasive gynecologic surgery, preconception counseling and gynecologic care.
Dr. Jordan is a patient advocate with a passion for all aspects of women’s health from adolescents through post menopause. She believes in shared decision making and individualizing care.
She is a first time mom, and has said “Being a new mom has definitely affected the way I practice in a positive way and I hope to help my patients on their unique journeys.”
Dr. Jordan and her team promise comprehensive, quality and patient centered care.
Please visit us at capitalwomenscareobgyn67.com or call 571-650-9070 to book an appointment with a Dr. Jordan today.